Legal Disclaimer:

  DISCLAIMER: We do not condone trespass or illegal activity of any kind. Urban Exploration is a dangerous activity with many risks including the potential of death. There are many hazardous materials at these locations and the buildings are entered at your own risk.

Urban Exploration involves Civil Trespassing. When I visit a location. If I can not find any way in, like an open door, window or hole in the fence, then I walk on by onto the next location. You would be surprised how many sites I have visited and the front door has been left wide open. We only usually find this out on the way out!

You should not attempt to copy any activity shown on this website. By using this website you accept that we will not be held liable should you choose to ignore this warning.


Trespass Disclaimer:

   This information is provided with no guarantee of accuracy, and does not represent a legal opinion – if in doubt, consult a solicitor.



Civil Trespass:

   Civil trespass, also known as “simple” trespass, is not a criminal offence in the UK. You cannot be arrested for civil trespass, though police may attend if there’s a possibility that another offence has been committed or will be committed. In England and Wales, you can be sued by the landowner in a civil court for trespass, in Scotland you can only be sued if actual damage was caused. Repeat trespass could be prevented if a landowner takes out an injunction, but this is unlikely in urbex situations.



Aggravated Trespass: 

  This applies to trespass committed with the intent to intimidate or disrupt people taking part in a lawful activity. If you trespass on a golf course to move the flags, it’s aggravated trespass. Generally, this does not concern urbexers. You cannot be prosecuted for aggravated trespass where there is no activity to disrupt, so it does not apply to derelict sites. It would only apply to live sites if you intended to cause disruption.


Criminal Trespass: One type of this offence applies to a specific list of sites, including defence sites, nuclear power stations and royal palaces. The full list can be found here. Another type applies to sites where bye-laws forbid trespass – these include MOD property, railway property, and perhaps other sites like power stations. There is no centralised list of bye-laws, unfortunately, but this site lists MOD bye-laws. A third type of criminal trespass applies to Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
From an urbex point-of-view, it is a good idea to stay away from any active military, nuclear, royal, utility or railway property – pretty much common sense.

Burglary: This applies to trespass with intent to steal, commit criminal damage, rape or inflict GBH. All the police need to do to justify arrest is to show that they reasonably expected that you had intent to commit one of these acts. Intent could cover such things as carrying tools, carrying a “swag” bag, or theoretically even taking pictures of valuable objects. It is unlikely that you would be charged, however, unless you did actually steal or cause criminal damage. From an urbex point-of-view, it is important to do nothing which would give the police any idea that you are there to do anything other than take pictures. Burglary can also be called Breaking and Entering or Housebreaking.

Theft: This should be blatantly obvious. It is a criminal offence to take anything which belongs to someone else. From an urbex point-of-view, it is a very bad idea to take anything whatsoever from any site. As an aside, it has been ruled that theft does not apply to information – photographing documents, plans, or indeed sites would not be classed as theft – though data protection, copyright or official secrets legislation may apply to some types of information.

Criminal Damage: This is where someone intentionally or recklessly causes damage to another person’s property, or intends to do such damage. It covers such things as graffiti, arson, and vandalism. Intent includes posessing an item with the intention to use it to damage or destroy property – carrying a chisel for levering open windows, for example. From an urbex point-of-view, this means that you should never do any damage. Case law is mixed on details – for example temporarily unscrewing a panel to get in, then replacing it afterwards may not count as damage, but it’s certainly not advisable.


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